Liberal internet writers, the tang of Don Imus's blood still fresh in their mouths, have been writing recently about a song featured on Rush Limbaugh's website called "Barack the Magic Negro" to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon."
You can hear the song HERE
While the song -- performed by conservative white comedian Paul Shanklin mimicking Rev. Al Sharpton -- may well be offensive, the context of the parody seems not insignificant.
The full song is called "Barack the Magic Negro -- That's What the LA Times Called Him," and it's based on an oped by a liberal writer in the LA Times from last month (READ IT HERE) called "Obama the Magic Negro."
David Ehrenstein writes that in addition to running for president, "Obama also is running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination — the 'Magic Negro.' The Magic Negro is a figure of postmodern folk culture, coined by snarky 20th century sociologists, to explain a cultural figure who emerged in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education. 'He has no past, he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist,' reads the description on Wikipedia.
"He's there to assuage white 'guilt' (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial sexual congress holds no interest. As might be expected, this figure is chiefly cinematic — embodied by such noted performers as Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Scatman Crothers, Michael Clarke Duncan, Will Smith and, most recently, Don Cheadle. And that's not to mention a certain basketball player whose very nickname is 'Magic.'…"
Please note: I am not defending the song or the use of that word…..Just highlighting the context.